The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia make agreements concerning closer police cooperation and disaster response

Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice and Minister Ralf Jäger of the Interior of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia made agreements today concerning closer police cooperation and cooperation within the context of disaster response. It was decided during Minister Jäger's visit to Minister Opstelten that, from now on, there will be annual consultation at Ministerial level concerning cross-border cooperation.

In order to improve cooperation during disasters, the Ministers agreed that a model agreement will be drawn up that will offer municipalities and regions in the border area a starting point for streamlining cooperation. Furthermore, an information protocol will be drawn up for the exchange of messages in the event of a cross-border calamity. This protocol will apply to the entire border area. In addition, the Ministers agreed that joint maps will be drawn up containing information about competent agencies in the event of a calamity.

During the visit, Minister Opstelten informed his counterpart Jäger about the formation of a national police force in the Netherlands. The introduction of a national police force means that the international police duties can also be strengthened. The Ministers furthermore discussed, among other things, joint police surveillance in the border area and the approach to cross-border crime.